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Pangasius Farming and Production Guide

Pangasius spp is commonly called as river or silver stripped catfish, Siamese shark, sutchi catfish, or swai catfish. This fish species live in freshwater and endemic to the Mekong basin. It is a riverine catfish belonging to the members of the family Pangasidae. It exhibits fast growth when cultured given a good environment. It is […

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Grow-out Farming of the Giant Freshwater Prawn

Growing freshwater prawn is a promising alternative to the expensive lobster and tiger prawn. The freshwater prawn, locally known as ulang, can be substituted for lobster and tiger prawn (sugpo) because of their appearance and excellent taste. Among the 15 species of freshwater prawn in the Philippines, the most popular to culture is the macrobrachium […

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How to Make Fishpond in your Backyard

Marketability of fish primarily depends on its freshness. Fish caught from afar and brought to market centers are preserved through chilling, freezing, or icing. Other preservation practices are smoking, salting and canning. Strictly speaking, preserved fish is not fresh because its rate of decomposition is merely suspended. Real fresh fish, therefore, are those newly caught […

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How to Raise Tilapia in the Backyard

Tilapias are economically important food fish for Filipinos. Also, among the easiest and most profitable fish to farm. Tilapias are hardy and tolerant to a wide range of environmental factors making them easy to culture. If you have a hectare of land, a portion of it can be converted to a fishpond where you can […

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Propagation of Duckweed (Lemna Perpusilla) In Net Enclosure

Duckweed is a small floating organic plant found worldwide and often seen growing in thick, blanket-like mat on still, nutrient rich fresh and moderately saline environment. They are monocotyledons, belonging to the botanical family Lemnaceae and are classified as higher plants. The family consists of four genera, Lemna, Spirodela, Wolffia, and Wolfiella, among which about […

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Big plans underway for a Philippine microalgae industry

In the future, the microalgae are likely to be part of one’s survival kit. These microscopic organisms are big storehouses of many of man’s vital needs — food, feed, fertilizer, and fuel. Thus, global demand for microalgal products has spurred a multibillion algal industry, estimated to be worth at least US$ 1.25 billion annually. In […

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The Pinoy “Longline”: An innovative and sustainable way to grow green mussels

The traditional method of growing green mussels in the Philippines is called the “stake” method wherein the mussel “spats” or young mussels freely attach to bamboo poles placed in the coastal areas. There is little management done and the number of mussel spats growing in the bamboo poles is not controlled resulting to poor quality […

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After genetics research, innovation is key to bigger Nile tilapia

Tilanggit (small-sized tilapia) is hitting it big in the local market. The export market, however, is keener on big–sized tilapia with enough flesh for fillet production. Under the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development-coordinated NTRDP, researchers from the Central Luzon State University are taking up the twin challenge of stepping […

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Oyster Farming and Production Business

Oysters have been gathered from the wild for food long before scientific farming of the organism began. This bivalve is considered as one of man’s most nearly balanced natural food. It is a cheap source of protein and contains substantial quantities of all minerals and vitamins essential to the human diet. About 18% of the […

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Protecting the savory sugpo

Tiger prawn (Penaeus monodon Fabricius) or sugpo culture is one of the most profitable industries in Region 10. It has significant economic contributions to the region as it encourages employment and generates foreign currency. In the early 1990s, the prawn industry suffered major losses from a luminous bacterial disease called Vibrio. It hit Northern Mindanao, […

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Tilapias in the wild analysed for genetic quality

Wild tilapias in seven lakes of the country show a high percentage of genetic introgression and low genetic diversity based on a study. Genetic introgression takes place when one species contains genes from another due to mixing or hybridization between them. Titled as Genetic Traceability and DNA Fingerprinting of Genetically Improved Tilapia Strains in Hatchery […

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How to Start a Freshwater Shrimp Farming Business

Shrimp is the most important commodity, by value, in the international seafood trade. The shrimp industry has grown exponentially in the last decades, and growth is expected to continue for years to come. A new and better technology to culture shrimps is being used by many enterprising shrimp farmers nowadays. Green water technology is a […

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